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HELP, I SHRUNK MY TEACHER (HILFE, ICH HAB MEINE LEHRERIN GESCHRUMPFT)

HELP, I SHRUNK MY TEACHER
photo © Marco Nagel

Eleven-year-old Felix has had a hard time adjusting since his mom moved to the United States for a new job. On his first day at his new school, Felix tries to keep his head down, concentrate on his studies, and avoid the universally disliked principal, Dr. Schmitt-Gössenwein — until a gang of bullies corners him and dares him to break into a locked room that is supposedly inhabited by the ghost of the school's founder. Caught in the act by Dr. Schmitt-Gössenwein, Felix tries to escape, with fantastic consequences: he accidentally shrinks the principal down to a height of only 15 centimeters! Placing the pint-size principal in his backpack for safekeeping, Felix tries to figure out how to return her to her original size — but he soon has another problem on his hands when he overhears plans to close the school. With his principal still no bigger than a pencil, it's up to Felix to take charge and save his new school!


Sven Unterwaldt was born in Lübeck in 1965. A well-known name in the German comedy scene, his films include ANTRAG VOM EX (TV, 1999), the TV series SWITCH (1997-1997), ANKE (1999-2001), ALLES ATZE (2002), and BERLIN, BERLIN (2002), as well as the features WIE DIE KARNICKEL (2002), 7 DWARVES (2004), SIEGFRIED (2005), 7 DWARVES - THE WOOD IS NOT ENOUGH ( 2006), U-900 (2008), HELP, I SHRUNK MY TEACHER (2015), IT'S YOUR TURN, HONEY (2017), and TABALUGA (2018).
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Sven Unterwaldt
Screenplay Gerrit Hermans
Cinematography Stephan Schuh
Cast Oskar Keymer, Anja Kling, Justus von Dohnányi, Axel Stein, Otto Waalkes, Lina Hüesker, Georg Sulzer
Producers Corinna Mehner, Hans-Eddy Schreiber
Co-Producers Katja Dor-Helmer, Antonio Exacoustos, Kiri Trier
Production Company blue eyes Fiction/Munich, in co-production with Karibufilm/Cologne, MINI Film/Vienna, Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion , ARRI Media Productions
Length 90 min
Format DCP, color
Dubbed Versions English
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals TIFF Kids Toronto 2016, Warsaw 2016, Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2016, Gijón 2016, Pula 2017, Rio de Janeiro 2017
Awards 1st Prize Kid's Jury Live-Action Feature Film Chicago 2016, Best Film - Programme Pulica 2017
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, HessenFilm und Medien
German Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing

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